SPECIAL EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER
SENIOR CENTER MONTH SOCIAL: Wednesday, September 2 at 3:00pm.September is national "Senior Center Month." Come out and celebrate Senior Center Month as well as help kick-off our fall schedule of activities. We'll have Mr. Cone's ice cream truck on-site to provide everyone with a treat, as well as have opportunities to enroll in various programs and classes being offered. Musical entertainment will be provided. The event is free and open to all interested older adults.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Wednesday, September 2 from 9:30-10:30am. Free blood pressure readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball. A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.
5th ANNUAL LOCAL HEROES LUNCHEON: On Friday, September 4 the Senior Center will provide a complimentary lunch from 11:30am - 1:30pm for local fire-fighters, law enforcement personnel, and EMT's in memory of 9-11 victims, and in honor of these special community servants. Individuals are invited to: 1) sponsor one or more of these heroes with $5 donations to help cover the cost of the luncheon provided by local caterer Debbie Suggs; 2) make and bring homemade desserts for the event; and/or 3) volunteer to serve, wait tables, and clean-up the day of the event. Monetary donations can be left at the Front Desk or mailed to the Center at 1120 S. MLK, Jr. Avenue, Salisbury, NC 28144. Desserts can be dropped off on Thursday before the event at the Center. Volunteers agreeing to work the event are asked to register in advance at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714. Any funds received in excess of expenses will be donated to the United Way Campaign in honor of these local heroes.
BRAIN FITNESS FAIR: Wednesday, September 9. Drop in between 1:00pm-3:00pm to visit various stations that will offer fun, interactive ways to learn about and/or improve brain health. Participants will be able to test their memory; play brain, computer & memory games; sample healthy brain foods; receive head and shoulder massages to stimulate brain circulation; learn a Hawaiian dance; participate in a balance, brain and agility mini-class; and participate in a mini-yoga class. This event is free and open to everyone. For more information, and to register, call 704-216-7714 by Friday, September 4.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 IS "NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS DAY." PLEASE HONOR OUR COMMUNITY'S GRANDPARENTS, THE GUARDIANS AND TEACHERS OF OUR SOCIETIAL VALUES.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB OUTING - STONE MOUNTAIN PARK: Friday, September 18. Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 8:30am. The group will be carpooling to Stone Mountain State Park in Roaring Gap, NC. The lake trail is moderately strenuous and approximately 3 miles, with an option for faster walkers to add 1 or 2 additional miles. There is no easy option on this hike. Bring water, a bag lunch, insect repellant, and $4.00 to help drivers with gas. Dress appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your own risk. New participants will need to complete an information survey at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed. To register for this activity call 704-216-7714.
BUS TRIP TO WOHLFAHRT HAUS DINNER THEATRE FOR "SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS": Wednesday, September 23. Motor coach transportation leaves the Senior Center at 8:30am for a scenic mountain trip up to the dinner theatre in Wytheville, Virginia. On the way, we will stop for some coffee and/or breakfast at Bojangles before arriving at the Wohlfahrt Haus, where we will enjoy a delicious luncheon and a brand new show "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," a stage version of the popular MGM movie. We should return to the Center about 7:15pm after a short snack or meal stop at McDonalds. The cost is $65 per person and includes transportation, lunch, performance, and all tips.
Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be registered with the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient, you can also pay by credit card now as well as with cash or check.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, September 2 at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line will be provided in Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive early.
MOVIE OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, September 23 at 2:00pm. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management for interested older adults. Come out and enjoy "The Pursuit of Happyness," Life is a struggle for single father Chris Gardner (Will Smith). Evicted from their apartment, he and his young son (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith) find themselves alone with no place to go. The pair must live in shelters and endure many hardships, but Chris refuses to give in to despair as he struggles to create a better life for himself and his son. Free and shown on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. (Motion picture license #12137390).
ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP IN ROWAN COUNTY: Thursday, September 24 at 5:30pm. Please join us for a light meal, featured speakers and time to share thoughts, feelings and tips on caring for ourselves and our loved ones with dementia. Affiliated with the Western NC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, the support group is facilitated by Home Instead Senior Care and Trinity at Home. For additional information, contact Teresa Dakins at 704-788-3399 or Deborah Tillman at 704-603-2779.
ADA AND LONG TERM CARE: Wednesday, September 30 from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Sponsored by the Centralina Area Agency on Aging, this workshop is designed for training staff who work in long term care facilities, programs or services. Topics to be covered include an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act; compliance standards; dealing with auxiliary aids, interpreters, and service animals; and use of adaptive equipment. 3 hour CEU credit is available. $25 per person registration fee payable to Centralina Area Agency on Aging. For questions and registration contact Patricia Cowan at firstname.lastname@example.org or request a registration form at the Front Desk.
WALK-ABOUTS OUTING: Wednesday, September 30. The Walk-Abouts will meet at the Concession Stand at 9:45am at Dan Nicholas Park for a group hike (starting at 10:00am). Plan to bring your own lunch for a picnic after the hike, bring water, and wear comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear. Please call the Front Desk at 704-216-7714 with any questions, and to register.
NEW CLASSES BEGINNING THIS MONTH:
Bridge Lessons: Begin Friday, September 18. Classes are oriented towards EXISTING contract bridge players (both rubber and beginning duplicate) that want to: modernize their game and learn more about the basic conventions that will improve their bidding; and to learn more about basic defense and play of the hand. After a two- week review of the basics, so we can all start on the same page, the next five weeks will be spent working on NT opening bids and responder's bid conventions. Classes are from 10:00 am - 12 noon every Friday w/ breaks for holidays. Call Harold or Carol Winecoff at 704-857-2770 for more information.
Essential Oils: Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00pm. Learn about using therapeutic grade essential oils to replace harsh chemical cleaning products, improve your health, for aromatherapy, to improve your food, your environment and much more. Join Harry Hinson for this informative presentation. A variety of essential oils will be on display for participants to view and test. There is no charge for the seminar, but advanced registration is requested by contacting the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.
Guitar Classes: Three new classes begin Monday, September 14. Absolute Beginner Guitar will meet at 1:00pm, Beginner Guitar at 2:15pm, and Intermediate Guitar at 3:30pm. Learn or re-learn to play the guitar with instructor Bob Wingate. Bring your own guitar. The cost for either six-week course is $30 payable to the instructor on the first day of class. New members should bring a $10 material fee. For questions call Bob at 704-640-0279. To register call 704-216-7714.
Handmade Card Workshop: Tuesday, September 1 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade all occasion cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Members should register in advance by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
"Memories to Memoirs" Class: Begins Thursday, September 10 at 9:30am. Turn your memories into memoirs. Have you thought about leaving a family legacy by writing your memories? If so, retirement is the best of times to harvest and write about great moments of fun, frolic, laughter, and suspense from your wonderful past. Your history is important to your loved ones, for it imparts of how you got here from there. This group's purpose is to "gather" as a team, "grow" in ability to write, "go" to class prepared with a story, and "gain" success in writing skills. Class meets for two hours the second Thursday of each month for seven consecutive months. Bring a pencil and paper. Instructor Gene Hayden is a dedicated instructor with previous memoir writing experience. He is also a business columnist. For questions about the class, email email@example.com . Register by Monday, September 7 by calling 704-216-7714. The cost is $15 for the seven month course payable in cash at the first session.
Mind Aerobics Art Class: An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Mondays from 2-4pm. $10 per session payable to the instructor.
Paint, Piddle & Draw: New session begins Tuesday, September 1. Led by Frances Driscoll, participants work on drawing and painting projects of their choosing with instructional support. Class meets from 9-11am each Tuesday. $10 per month payable to instructor. Participants must supply their own materials.
Stained Glass: For beginning, intermediate or advanced students. Two sections (Mondays 2-5pm or Mondays 5:45-8:45pm meeting from September 14 - November 2. Instructor is Mike Ziegler. $55.00 instruction fee plus materials. Members should register by calling the Front Desk at 704-216-7714. Space is limited.
Watercolor Painting: For beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Mondays 9:30am - 12:30pm meeting September 14 - November 23. Instructor will be Leslie Frontz. $36.00 registration fee to RCCC plus materials. Payment must be made at time of registration. Registration ends September 8 or when full. Space is limited.
NEW COMPUTER CLASSES THIS MONTH:
You must be registered with the Center and pay the class fee at the Front Desk. Payment for the class is requested prior to the first day of class.
Your Photos Made Better: Tuesday, September 8 from 2:00pm-5:00 pm. You have taken these great pictures......maybe from vacation, maybe for an art show, maybe to use as inspiration for a painting...... but for some reason, they do not look as good as they did when you took the picture. Come learn how to enhance your photos so they look as you remember them....or even better. Participants should bring their camera card or cord to connect to computer to import pictures. (And yes, if your pictures are on your phone, you may use those.) Fee is $10.
You and Your Computer: A Safe Partnership: Tuesday, September 15 from 2:00pm-5:00 pm. With reports of Internet crime, how do you feel a little safer about the time you spend on the internet.....and all the places you visit? We will review how to save your information away from your computer (no, we won't go cloud-hopping) as well as ways to safely keep up with your passwords. The fee is $10.
Let's Go Surfing: Friday,September 25 from 2:00pm-5:00 pm. The Internet is all around us so come learn how to get comfortable traveling around it. How do I find something? How do I shop on-line? How do I send an e-mail? How do I know I am at a secure site? Let's explore the Internet....maybe even come up with a list of places you would like to visit again when you get home. The fee is $10.
ON-GOING EXERCISE CLASSES: Join one of 27 different land or aquatics exercise classes offered weekly at the Center. Participants must be registered with the Center and receive a fitness consultation. There is no charge for participants who hold valid SilverSeakers® or Silver&Fit® supplemental insurance benefit. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714.
NEW EXERCISE CLASS - Gentle Beginner Class: Starting Tuesday, September 15 at 1:00pm. Worried about starting a new exercise class? Do you think an exercise class might be too much for you? Join other seniors who would like to start a gentle exercise program. Fitness Trainer, Lynda Teter will lead a gentle class every Tuesday for five weeks. This class will be geared towards beginners who are not exercising regularly or who feel the desire to get started exercising again. The class will include a mild cardio workout, stretch and flex movements and beginner instruction on fitness equipment used in current exercise classes. There is no charge to participate in this class, but voluntary contributions are accepted.
CHAIR MASSAGES: Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Fridays by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT. Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.
Enjoy BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers.
Members are invited to enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments.
Senior Games shuffleboard will be held on Friday, September 11 from 8:30am - 11:30am. Chair Volleyball is held each Friday afternoon at 1:00pm in the Rufty Fitness Annex.
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and all Lunch Clubs will be closed on Monday, September 7 for the Labor Day Holiday.
IT'S PICNIC TIME: The Helen Rothrock Rufty Picnic Shelter Complex is available for reservation and use by senior groups free of charge. Contact the Senior Center office at 704-216-7714 for information.
CLUB MEETINGS THIS MONTH:
TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am except September 7
Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am
Rufty-Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am
Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am
R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am
Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm
Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm
Busy Bees Crafts Club - Thursday, September 3 at 9:30am
Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, September 3 at 10:00am
AARP Chapter - Thursday, September 3 at 12:30pm
Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, September 9 at 2:00pm
Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, September 10 at 9:00am
Golden Opportunity Club Picnic - Thursday, Sept 10 at 6:00pm
Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, September 10 at 6:30pm
Ambassadors Club - Monday, September 14 at noon
Military Officers Association Meeting - Monday, September 14 at noon
Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, September 14 at 2:00pm
Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, September 21 at 10:00am
NARFE - Monday, September 21 at noon
Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, September 15 at noon
Salisbury-Rowan Retired School Personnel - Wednesday, September 16 at 10:30am
Sunny Days Quilters Meeting - Thursday, September 17 at 1:00pm
Carolina Artists - Thursday, September 17 at 7:00pm
Duke Energy Retirees - Friday, September 18 at 11:00am
Rowan County Council on Aging - Thursday, September 24 at 1:00pm
LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.
BROADCAST BINGO: Available through the Center's Outreach Program for Rowan County older adults age 60 and older. Win prizes from sponsors by listening daily to Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7723 to enroll and for more information. Free.
LISTEN TO "SENIOR MOMENTS" DAILY MONDAY-FRIDAY AT 6:25am & 10:25am ON MEMORIES 1280 WSAT RADIO.
APPOINTMENTS FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE: Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc). The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aid office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.
APPOINTMENTS FOR OMBUDSMAN ASSISTANCE: Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, is available to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.
ASSISTANCE WITH HEARING NEEDS: For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Schedule an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.
"ARE YOU OK?" SERVICE: Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.
INSURANCE INFORMATION PROGRAM ASSISTANCE: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7703 for more information.
GOLD CARDS: Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID.
GENERAL INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE: Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults. If you have a need, call the Center's Information & Assistance Program at 704-216-7700.
NEED A RIDE TO THE SENIOR CENTER? THE CITY BUS SERVES THE SENIOR CENTER HOURLY (AT APPROXIMATELY 5 MINUTES PAST THE HOUR) MONDAY - FRIDAY ON ROUTE # 1. FOR INFORMATION CALL 704-638-5252.
COUNTY RESIDENTS AGE 60 AND OLDER CAN QUALIFY FOR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE TO THE CENTER AT 704-216-8888.
SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE FOR ANY LOCAL OLDER ADULT WHO NEEDS HELP WITH PROGRAM FEES FOR CLASSES OR ACTIVITIES. NO ONE IS REFUSED PARTICIPATION BASED ON AN INABILITY TO PAY PROGRAM FEES. SUPPORT FOR PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS IS PROVIDED BY THE BLANCHE & JULIAN ROBERTSON FAMILY FOUNDATION AND THE FIRST UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. CONTACT ANY STAFF MEMBER FOR INFORMATION.
WANT TO PROVIDE A SPECIAL HOLIDAY, BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY OR THANK YOU GIFT FOR THAT OLDER ADULT WHO ALREADY HAS EVERYTHING? STOP BY THE SENIOR CENTER OFFICE TO PURCHASE A DISCOUNT COUPON FOR A CLASS OR ACTIVITY OFFERED AT RUFTY-HOLMES.